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The xenophobes find new targets

By Robert Reich

THE BOSTON Marathon bombing has brought out the xenophobes.

Often when America suffers some large, inexplicable tragedy, we want to blame foreigners and look for ways to fortify ourselves against them. It’s more reassuring to believe that an evil lies outside our borders — in them — than to face the possibility that it’s randomly among us.

And like the communist scare before it, the so-called war on terror — a war without end — offers a convenient means of targeting the source as a foreign menace bent on destroying us.

Let’s blame immigrants, say the xenophobes. Sen.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:08 PM
 

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